Nah, NYC and DC are definitely WORSE than Pittsburgh... my point is that I don't find Vegas any worse than *any* lareg metro area/city. They're not on par with each other but traffic can get bad regardless... I mean, it's not like driving from Monticello to Santa Claus. Hit the roads at the wrong time and you're going to have patience. That's what I was talking about.
I realize that (and I agree), but I couldn't resist -- I find it very amusing whenever I see people talk about traffic in NYC, LA, Boston, or DC, and *Pittsburgh*, at the same time. (I love Pittsburgh, and one of the reasons is the definite LACK of major traffic problems -- other than the stop signs at the end of onramps, that is.)
Actually, I've experienced bad traffic in the area surrounding Pittsburgh, not so much Pittsburgh itself.
Pittsburgh is a great little city- a place I could see myself living in if I wasn't such a fan of northern NJ (despite it's obvious and not-so-obvious problems). But what's up with those stop signs? Don't you realize that it's much easier to merge into moving traffic when you're moving along with it? ;)
Talk to the civil engineers who designed the ramps. Part of the problem is our topology -- when the place for the ramp is a steep hill with no space FOR a merge lane, not much you can do (other than take backroads down to the next entrance and just avoid the mess completely as a driver :) )
Here in NJ many of the highways under reconstruction have those "come to a stop before building speed" offramps and I don't get it. Seems to me that coming to a stop to merge with traffic moving at 70+ MPH is a dangerous thing. I can understand Pittsburgh's problems regarding topography... good thing our usual drive from Harmarville to Kennywood is mostly back roads, save for the few miles we're on that highway near Swissvale.
GregLeg said:Part of the problem is our topology -- when the place for the ramp is a steep hill with no space FOR a merge lane, not much you can do (other than take backroads down to the next entrance and just avoid the mess completely as a driver )
WARNING: NOT a recommended plan for visitors...lesson learned the HARD way...LOL! :)